Burial in Madagascar, 2013.
Dennis van de Water
One of the biggest problems in international development is that health statistics are badly kept in many of the countries with the most to gain. Finally something is being done about it.
The recent revelations about the savage treatment of Yazidi women at the hands of Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters is the latest in a shocking set of disclosures regarding the group’s behavior. It sadly…
Open access is crucial for South Africa and other developing countries.
South Africa does some amazing research but cannot share it globally because of restrictive copyright laws or unreasonable policies and embargo periods set by publishers that limit their audience.
Religious arguments in opposition to same-sex marriage have been less explicit in Australia’s current debate.
Prominent arguments against same-sex marriage have been based on history, tradition, human rights, and social scientific research into health and welfare. The role of religion has been less explicit.
The Law Reform Commission has likely given George Brandis much more than he was expecting in the review of rights-limiting laws that he asked for.
The federal government has to be on the back foot after a Law Reform Commission report identified that It has been the champion of many rights-limiting laws.
Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan would have been force-fed under new laws.
By legalising the controversial measure, even practices at Guantanamo might soon be able to come in from the cold.
No place to live.
The US is making common cause with Ukraine, but national security concerns are affecting the human rights of the most vulnerable trying to flee the fighting.
Farm workers tend to a tobacco crop in Zimbabwe in 2014. The push to establish a business and human rights treaty is fraught with problems.
Traditionally human rights are viewed as being indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The notion that a company may need to choose which human rights it will protect is antithetical.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo plans to establish a rights committee to resolve past human rights abuses.
Activists and victims of human rights abuses in Indonesia are worried that a new rights committee will not stop the culture of impunity.
Fully stocked – for now.
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The government's austerity programme hasn't just put the poor under terrible pressure – it's actually breached Britain's international legal obligations.
Politics in progress.
Another UN human rights report has been released about Israel and the human rights abuses it perpetrates in the Occupied Territories – yet another report that highlights ongoing violations of international…
Persecution based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex variation is recognised as a legitimate ground for seeking refugee status.
It is estimated that there are 175 million LGBTI persons living in persecutory environments worldwide. Only around 2500 asylum claims founded on sexual orientation or gender identity are successful annually.
Migrants are living in limbo on the French-Italian border.
Italian PM blasts fellow EU leaders for spat over who takes in the desperate people arriving in his country every day.
Guarding the factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.
One man is dead and two injured in an attack on a gas factory near Lyon. At least one suspect was known to French intelligence agencies.
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A bloc of conservative countries is mounting a new push to enshrine "family values" in the UN's Human Rights Council. What they really want is rather more sinister.
The determined avoidance of reference to human rights is a tactic, by both sides of politics, to avoid accountability.
No-one is inclined to refer to human rights in public debate in Australia when its leaders either avoid the idea or attack it, and the news media are silent on it.
A problem shared, Theresa May, is a problem halved.
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Refugee Week is drawing to a close with little concrete progress. Can I at least get you to change your mind about this situation?
There is precious little dignity available for those Australians who are in the last stages of their lives.
The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
A protest for flogging victim Raif Badawi.
Saudi Arabia has upheld a blogger's flogging sentence, in defiance of international pressure. How long will this go on?
Iron grip: Hamas leader Khaled Mashal.
Reports of Hamas's human rights abuses against Palestinians are mounting, and popular support falling – but the movement is going nowhere.